Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus has put an end to one of the greatest football rivalries with Lionel Messi in La Liga, but the Portuguese has now insisted that he does not view him or anyone else as a rival
The iconic duo have stolen the footballing headlines over the past decade in their respective efforts to be the best with both players having won the Ballon d’Or prize five times each in that period.
Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have also enjoyed periods of dominance in Europe in the past 10 years with both Ronaldo and Messi leading the way in their respective title charges.
While his former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs had suggested that the 33-year-old’s move to Juventus may have been prompted by the desire to beat Messi, Ronaldo denied this and revealed that he had never viewed the Barcelona superstar as a rival for him.
“I do not see other players as rivals, that’s not who I am,” he said, via Metro.
“It was a good challenge with Messi.
“All of you liked it and it was interesting. But I never saw it as a rivalry.
Ronaldo added: “You always want to give it your all for your team.”
“This is what I did for Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid. He has done so for Barcelona.
“At the end of the day when all is said and done, we will then see who is the best player between myself and Messi.”
Ronaldo made this revelation on Monday when he was officially presented as a Juventus player after completing his €112m move from Real Madrid.